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This bill would affirm the principle of limited government, therefore we support this legislation. An important aspect of the principle of limited government is the protection of people's rights and the prohibition of an activity that violates those rights. A function of government is to not only penalize illegal activity, but penalize individuals who knowingly allow it.
There is a clear conflict of interest if a person who is charged in connection with the decedent's death also controls the disposition of the decedent's remains. This legislation wisely balances the creation of a new administrative penalty with basic mens rea protections. For these reasons, we support SB 988.